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Posted by: TBA News on Jun 26, 2019

Journal Issue Date: Jul 2019

Journal Name: Vol 55 No 7

Heritage Law Group of Gallatin is sponsoring scholarships for 10 students to attend the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office’s C.H.A.M.P. Camp this summer. The camp, which emphasizes character, honesty, attitude, motivation and positivity provides a week-long experience for rising sixth through eighth grade students. At an event announcing the partnership, the group’s owner Jake Mason commended the sheriff’s office for going above and beyond to serve youth in the community.

In photo at left are (from left) Sumner County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Charlie Smith and Chris Vines, Mason and Heritage Law Group business manager Sara Barbour.

The Nashville Bar Association presented its annual Liberty Bell Award to 20th Judicial District Circuit Court Judge Joe P. Binkley Jr. at its recent Law Day luncheon in Nashville. The award is given annually to someone who has “promoted better understanding of the rule of law, encouraged greater respect for law and the courts, stimulated a sense of civic responsibility or contributed to good government.” Judge Binkley was appointed to the court in 2008. He previously worked as an attorney in private practice.


Brad Dowd has joined the Nashville law firm of Wiseman Ashworth Law Group as Of Counsel after practicing law in Kansas City, Mo., for the past 21 years. Dowd has extensive experience in defending health care professionals in state and federal courts, as well as before state licensing boards. He earned his law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and previously worked for Horn Aylward & Bandy. He remains a member of the Missouri Bar, the Kansas Bar Association, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and Defense Research Institute.

Adam Barber and Garth Click have joined the Nashville law firm of Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard as associate attorneys. Barber previously served as probate master for Davidson County under Judge Randy Kennedy. He earned his law degree and master’s degree in environmental law & policy from Vanderbilt University. He will focus on general civil litigation, trusts, estate planning and probate. Click previously operated a solo practice in Springfield for seven years and prior to that, worked with former TBA President and Springfield attorney Larry Wilks. He will focus his practice on family law, general civil litigation, torts and personal injury.

Butler Snow attorney Ashley J. Markham has been elected to the Nashville Children’s Alliance board of directors. She previously served as president of the alliance’s young professionals’ board. The alliance, formerly the Nashville Child Advocacy Center, provides a number of front-line services to children when there are allegations of sexual or severe physical abuse. Practicing in Butler Snow’s Nashville office, Markham focuses on defending pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in mass tort and individual cases. She also negotiates and reviews commercial agreements for pharmaceutical and health care clients.

Nashville lawyer Eric G. Osborne, counsel at Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison, has been appointed to the newly created Emerging Leaders Council of the Legal Services Corporation. The council will work to increase public awareness of the crisis in civil legal aid and the importance of equal access to justice. At the firm, Osborne focuses his practice on antitrust, cost recovery and complex multi-district litigation matters. He has extensive experience in appellate cases, participating in eight cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and multiple cases before state supreme courts. He earned his law degree from Stanford Law School and a master of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Christen Blackburn and Mitchell Panter have joined the law firm of Lewis Thomason. Blackburn joined the Nashville office as a special counsel. She will handle tort litigation, including transportation, product liability and medical malpractice, as well as professional liability, employment litigation and insurance cases. Panter joins the Knoxville office as an associate. He will represent health care providers in liability matters and disciplinary investigations and with licensing and regulatory issues. He also represents businesses in commercial disputes involving trade secrets, restrictive covenants and other breaches of contract.

Rachel Roberson has joined the Nashville office of Taylor, Pigue, Marchetti and Blair as an associate attorney. As a student at Belmont University College of Law, she was managing editor of the Health Law Journal and worked as a research assistant reviewing employment discrimination trends. She also completed externships at the Tennessee Justice Center, the 21st Judicial District of Tennessee and the Middle District Court of Tennessee. Prior to law school, Roberson managed regulatory affairs for clinical studies at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute and Sarah Cannon Research Development Innovations.

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings lawyer Alé Dalton has been named a finalist for the 2019 Nashville Emerging Leaders Awards. Presented annually by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville, the award recognizes professionals under age 40 in the Middle Tennessee region for their career and community-building achievements. Award winners will be named at a ceremony on Aug. 1. As a member of Bradley’s Healthcare Practice Group, Dalton assists clients in the health care industry with a wide range of transactional, operational and regulatory matters.

Joel S. Stampley has joined The Law Office of Joshua D. Hankins in Goodlettsville as an associate. He will focus his practice on commercial finance, real estate, business law, transactions, civil litigation, estate planning and probate. Stampley earned his law degree from Loyola University. He is admitted to practice before all Tennessee state courts.

Cort Bethmann, a vice president and wealth advisor at Argent Trust Company in Nashville, recently earned his master of laws degree in wealth management from Texas A&M University School of Law. The program, taught by lawyers, academics and financial professionals, offers a comprehensive education on subjects connected to long-term wealth creation and preservation. Bethmann previously earned his law degree from the school. He joined Franklin-based Independence Trust Company in 2012, which merged with Argent in 2017.

Crossville lawyer Margaret Jane Powers has been selected by the American Bar Association to serve as a fellow of the General Practice/Solo Diversity Board. Her vision for the work is to help other rural small and solo firms succeed and flourish, with a focus on making sure that women in solo practice have a level playing field on which to compete. Powers has served in a number of leadership roles for the TBA including service in the House of Delegates.

The Nashville law firm of SIMS|FUNK has added Grace A. Fox as an associate with the firm. Fox will help represent the firm’s clients in a broad range of complex business disputes. Prior to joining the firm, Fox worked in the Chicago office of Winston & Strawn. She has experience with breach of contract, business torts, antitrust, insurance coverage and professional liability cases as well as regulatory investigations. Fox graduated from Notre Dame Law School. She also holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.




Former Tennessee District Attorney General Conference Executive Director JAMES “WALLY” KIRBY died April 22 at the age of 72. While attending the Nashville School of Law, he also worked as administrator of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s (TBI) Crime Lab from 1972 to 1976. After graduation, he went to work for W. B. Lockert Jr., as an assistant district attorney for the 23rd Judicial District, covering Cheatham, Dickson, Humphreys, Stewart and Houston counties. He was named the district’s senior attorney in 1990 and deputy attorney in 1997. In 1999, Kirby was appointed executive director of the conference. During his tenure there, Kirby served in leadership positions with the Tennessee Judicial Council, the TBI Nominating Commission, National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators and National District Attorneys Association. He retired in March 2015 after 45 years of service. Memorial donations may be made to the Cheatham County Imagination Library, P.O. Box 519, Ashland City 37015.

Former TBA President and Memphis lawyer S. SHEPHERD TATE died May 28 at the age of 101. Born in Memphis during the depression, Tate worked a paper route to pay for Boy Scout camp, creating a lifelong passion for scouting. After graduating from Southwestern (now Rhodes College), he entered the University of Virginia School of Law. He graduated second in his class in 1942 and immediately enlisted in the Navy. He was stationed in China as an intelligence officer, working with the Chinese in preparation for the invasion of Japan. After the war, Tate worked for Judge John D. Martin on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. He later returned to Memphis and joined Martin’s son, John D. Martin Jr., in establishing a law practice. Tate remained at the firm, Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston, practicing in the field of trusts and estates until he retired in 2008 at age 90. Tate was active in the Tennessee Bar Association and Memphis & Shelby County Bar Association, ultimately serving as president of both and receiving key awards from both. He also became active in the American Bar Association, serving in the House of Delegates for decades and chairing numerous committees and task forces. He rose in the organization to ultimately serve as ABA president and director of the National Conference of Bar Presidents. In the community, Tate was a Rotary Reader for children and for many years delivered Meals on Wheels. Memorial donations may be sent to Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1720 Peabody Ave., Memphis 38104; the Chickasaw Council, Boy Scouts of America, 171 S. Hollywood, Memphis 38112; or a charity of the donor’s choice.